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Richmond WW1 Diary 16 June 1917

The Richmond communal kitchen opens |  The Herald of 16 June 1917 reported on the Mayor’s Food Economy Committee announcement that they would be opening the Richmond Communal Kitchen at St John’s House, Clarence Street, for the sale of dinners at twelve o’clock (noon). The paper emphasised that the kitchen was not a charity, but part…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 13 May 1917

London bus drivers strike |  In May 1917, Richmond was affected by the London-wide strike by bus drivers. Unrest had been growing as the war dragged on and wages failed to keep pace with the rising costs of food and basic necessities. In February 1915 in Scotland, Clydeside armament workers went out for higher pay.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 May 1917

More rationing |  The Richmond Herald published notices on the advised rations for children:   Bread Meat Sugar Under 10 years 3lb 1 1/2lb 1/2lb 10-13 years 4lb 2lb 1/2lb 13-18 years 5lb 2 1/2lb 1/2lb The local papers were filled with articles on food prices, rationing, and proposals for a communal kitchen. By May…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 February 1917

Poor children & orphans Local children’s lives were inevitably affected by the war. Although many of them experienced the loss of a male relative over the next years, not all aspects of the war had a negative impact. One surprising outcome was that the number of extremely poor and malnourished children actually decreased. As public…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 February 1917

Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare campaign begins In January 1917, Germany renewed its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. The policy had been abandoned in 1915 after the sinking of the Lusitania, which had caused an international outcry. This was a particular concern since the ship had sailed from New York with hundreds of American citizens onboard,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 23 December 1916

Christmas “It is not a time for fasting and rejoicing on the scale of former years …” (Richmond & Twickenham Times, 23 December 1916) As Christmas 1916 approached in Richmond, the mood was sombre. There seemed little to celebrate in the aftermath of the Somme, and little to spare anyway. The newspapers reported on the…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 9 December 1916

Fundraising for Christmas The Saturday edition of the Richmond & Twickenham Times on 9 December 1916 was backing the campaign for the Christmas Comforts Fund. The fund provided Christmas gifts to the wounded servicemen in hospitals around Richmond. Nearly 1,400 gifts had already been supplied to the Star & Garter Home, Richmond Military Hospital, the…